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Description And Comments
Guide-operated boats wind along canals situated beneath the same miniature landscapes visible from the Casey Jr. Circus Train. This ride, offering stellar examples of bonsai cultivation, selective pruning, and miniaturization, is a must for landscape gardening enthusiasts. The landscapes include scenes from more recent Disney features -- like Arendelle and Elsa's ice palace from Frozen, added in 2014 -- in addition to those from such classics as The Wind in the Willows and The Three Little Pigs.
The boats are much more comfortable than the train; the view of the miniatures is better; and the pace is more leisurely. On the downside, the lines are long, and if not long, definitely slow moving. The ride itself also takes a lot of time. Our recommendation is to ride Casey Jr. if you have children or are in a hurry. Take the boat if your party is all adults or your pace is more leisurely. Best of all, the boats' pilots deliver live narration that (depending on the driver) can be delightfully droll. If you ride the canal boats, try to get on before 10:30 a.m. If the queue isn't prohibitive, this ride is especially appealing after dusk, when the creative lighting adds a whole new dimension. Closed during parades.
Ride Through Video
This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Storybook Land Canal Boats when you visit on a day with a given Disneyland Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Storybook Land Canal Boats Wait Times.
Pretty, tranquil, and serene.
Disney Dish with Jim Hill
Piddler on the Roof
The Imagineers used all sorts of tricks when they were building Disneyland's Storybook Land Canal Boat ride, even going so far as to find miniature redwoods to plant along the riverbank so the trees would match the scale of the tiny houses that line the canal. One fellow, looking for a way to make a miniature church roof look old and weathered, really went above and beyond the call of duty. Research revealed that urine has an extremely corrosive effect on metal - so guess how this Imagineer finished every lunch hour?
Other Attractions in Fantasyland
- Alice in Wonderland
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- it's a small world
- King Arthur Carrousel
- Mad Tea Party
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Mickey and the Magical Map
- Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
- Pearly Band
- Peter Pan's Flight
- Pinocchio's Daring Journey
- Pixie Hollow
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
- Snow White's Scary Adventures
- Storytelling at Royal Theatre
- The Royal Hall
- The Royal Swing Big Band Ball
Touring Plans with Storybook Land Canal Boats
- Disneyland Dumbo-or-Die-in-a-Day Plan
- Disneyland Two-Day Plan for Adults with Children - Day 2
- Disneyland Two-Day Plan A - Day 1
- One-Day Plan for Parents with Small Children